Kansas Football Recruit Andre Maloney Dies After Suffering Stroke

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 4, 2013

Photo courtesy of John Sleezer|The Kansas City Star
Photo courtesy of John Sleezer|The Kansas City Star

High school senior and University of Kansas football recruit Andre Maloney passed away on Friday after suffering a stroke during a game on Thursday night. 

Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star has the news:

Shawnee Mission West High School senior Andre Maloney died this afternoon after suffering a stroke during a football game Thursday night at SM South District Stadium.

Karla Montoya, Maloney’s cousin, said doctors informed the family earlier Friday that Maloney was unlikely to emerge from the vegetative state he entered after the stroke, and the family chose to stop further treatment.

According to the report, the Overland Park, Kan. native went to the sideline after scoring a 63-yard reception, and was noticeably disoriented. 

Head coach Tim Callaghan, per McDowell's report, said Maloney "got dizzy and lost functioning."

Maloney, 17, was rushed away in an ambulance to two different hospitals. After unsuccessful surgery on Thursday night to remove a blood clot in his brain, he passed away on Friday afternoon. 

Shawnee Mission School District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal had the following statement, per ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Andre's family, teammates, coaches, fellow students and the SM West staff during this difficult time. The tremendous outpouring of concern expressed today by the our community has been greatly appreciated. We will continue to honor the family's request this time to respect their privacy.

According to 247 Sports, Maloney was a 3-star recruit who ranked as the 38th-best cornerback in the 2014 class and sixth-best player overall in the state of Kansas. 

He verbally committed to play for the Jayhawks back in July. 

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis had the following statement on Twitter about Andre Maloney's passing on Friday:

The Jayhawks host Texas Tech at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.